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Who's more powerful: Black Lightning or Luke Cage?

Luke Cage, a.k.a. Power Man, was created by Archie Goodwin and artist John Romita Sr. in 1972. Comic book writer Tony Isabella wrote for Luke Cage before creating Black Lightning in 1977.

Black Lightning is following in Luke Cage's footsteps again with a TV series. "Luke Cage" is a successful, unapologetically Black series on Netflix. Season three of "Black Lightning" premiered on Monday, Oct. 7 on The CW. While the characters have been compared for decades, who's the more powerful hero? 


Below is the synopsis of "Black Lightning," per IMDb

A crusading school principal gets back into action as the original African-American electrical superhero.

Black Lightning is a match for Luke Cage—he always has been and the CW series was DC's answer to the now canceled Netflix/Marvel series. In the "Super-Team Family" DC comic book crossover, Black Lightning beat up Power Man pretty badly. Black Lightning said:

You may be bulletproof, Cage, but let's see how long those lungs of yours keep you alive when this drain fills up with water.

Lightning's electrokinetic abilities are more creative and scientific. He can also generate force fields, fly and is proficient at martial arts. He'll end up saving the day the same way the Flash saves the day—with his wits and using science to show off the cool things he can do with electromagnetic manipulation.

Watch the history of Black Lightning below, and see why exactly he's more powerful than "Power Man." 


Umm... but Luke Cage is bulletproof. BULLETPROOF. Below is the synopsis of the canceled "Luke Cage" series that some Marvel fans want to be saved, per IMDb.

Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.

Power Man is wrongfully convicted and ends up getting his abilities from an inhumane experiment in prison. His origin story speaks to the prison-industrial complex and the United States' history of experimenting on people of color. Nevertheless, he turned it all into a positive.

Luke has some pretty cool powers—impenetrable skin, invulnerability, superhuman strength and superhuman durability. He uses his abilities to help others, and even got paid doing it. So explain again how Luke Cage can be stopped? Okay.

Check out WatchMojo's superhero origins of Luke below, and then there'll be no doubt in your mind he's way more powerful than Lightning!

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Who's more powerful: Black Lightning or Luke Cage?
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